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Aberystwyth has now been the top university in Wales for student satisfaction for five years in a row and is now the top in the UK. Overall, Aberystwyth has climbed a further three places to 42nd, further consolidating its status amongst the top 50 universities in the country.

In its review, The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide, comments:

“Aberystwyth has topped our analysis of 2020's National Student Survey for both satisfaction with teaching quality and with the wider university experience. It ranked second in the UK on both measures in 2019 and has been the top Welsh university for student satisfaction for five successive years.

“It is rare for a university to achieve this double success in student satisfaction scores. It is not just the students who think the teaching is good; the university was awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Its panel found “outstanding levels of stretch” ensuring that all students were significantly challenged to achieve their full potential.”

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “This is really fantastic news. These rankings are a testament to the enormously hard work of colleagues across the University. To be recognised as the best in the UK for teaching quality and student experience is something of which we can all be enormously proud. I would like to thank everyone here at Aberystwyth University for their contribution towards making this happen.”

“As we embark on a new academic year, which will mean challenges and adaptations for the whole sector because of the global pandemic, we will continue to aim to offer students an experience that is as similar as possible to the high-quality experience we always aim to deliver.  It’s an exciting time with key investments coming to fruition, including reopening our iconic Pantycelyn Halls this year and our new veterinary school and the restoration of the Hen Goleg (Old College) over the years ahead. This continued investment will allow us to build on our rich heritage and national commitment to education as we welcome students and staff from Wales, the United Kingdom and across the world.”


Results based on subjects:

Art and Art History

  1. Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Art & Design (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  2. Agriculture, Animal and Biological Sciences (Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences)
  3. 4th Overall in the UK for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  4. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  5. 3rd in the UK for Research rating for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  6. 3rd Overall in the UK for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  7. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  8. 3rd in the UK for Research rating for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  9. Top ten in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Sport Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Business and Management

  1. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Accounting & Finance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  2. Top ten in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  3. Top ten in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Economics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Computer Science

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

English & Creative Writing

  1. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  2. Top 10 Overall in the UK for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  3. Top in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  4. 3rd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Geography & Earth Sciences

  1. Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

History and Welsh History

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of History (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

Information Studies  

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Librarianship and Information Management (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

Law & Criminology

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).
  2. Top 15 in the UK for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).
  3. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

International Politics

  1. Top 15 Overall in the UK for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).
  2. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).
  3. Top ten in the UK for Research Rating for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

Mathematics

  1. Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).  

Modern Languages

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

Physics

  1. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Psychology

  1. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  2. Top in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  3. Theatre, Film & Television Studies
  4. Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  5. Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Communication and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Welsh & Celtic Studies

  1. Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Celtic Studies  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  2. 2nd in the UK for Graduate Prospects for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

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